Cllr Philip McGarvey, a councillor on Sevenoaks District Council has left the Liberal Democrats. He has become an independent but has indicated he would like to join the Conservatives.
In Flintshire the Lib Dems ranks are also depleted. Cllr Rosetta Dolphin has quit to become an independent. Cllrs Carolyn Cattermoul and Tim Newhouse had already quit the Lib Dem group to sit as independents.
But Cllr Newhouse is still a member of the Lib Dems nationally:
“The decision to leave the local Lib Dem group was purely a financial one as I no longer wished to pay the £43 a month that they had been charging me.”